The Oakland Athletics have traded pitcher Tyson Ross and prospect A.J. Kirby Jones to the San Diego Padres in exchange for shortstop Andy Parrino and pitcher Andrew Werner.
Ross, who was once a highly-touted prospect in the Oakland organization, has struggled in the major leagues. He is 6-18 with a 5.33 ERA over three seasons with the A’s.
Trading Ross should not come as a surprise, as the righty has been the “odd man out” in the A’s rotation. He was moved to the bullpen late in the 2012 season, where he had some success but was still largely ineffective.
Jones hit .248 with 21 home runs in Single-A Stockton last season. The Padres may have landed a sleeper prospect with Jones, so he should not be forgotten in this deal.
The main piece that the A’s acquired from the Padres is the shortstop Parrino, who scouts have called a “crazy good athlete” and an “overachiever.” Parrino hit .207 with one home run in 55 games last season, and had a .328 batting average with Triple-A Tuscon in 65 games.
Word is that he will be in contention for the A’s starting shortstop position. Oakland is without a shortstop at the moment, as Stephen Drew is a free agent and Cliff Pennington was traded to the Diamondbacks.
Werner was 2-3 with a 5.58 ERA in eight starts with the Padres. He was 5-10 with a 3.70 ERA in the minors, which is where he will more than likely end up with the A’s.
The A’s are anticipated to make more moves this weekend to make room for Rule 5 protection.